As part of my new-found determination to try to Keep Up with Modern Life, I thought I’d follow up a recommendation from Laura Barton of The Guardian, who’s usually a reliable tipster in these matters, and have a look at Stornoway.
According to Ms. Barton “My autumn mornings are soundtracked by Stornoway, whose music strikes the same note of sharp sunlight and a faint chill underfoot … they play double bass and trumpet and cello and violin and banjo, and succeed in knitting Irish inflection to bluegrass intonation to create a sound that is richly, greenly, surprisingly British”. Sounds good, though I’m less pleased to hear that “they once bought all the crockery in a branch of Age Concern so that they could could record its destruction”.
This urge towards mindless destruction in the younger generation (c.f. also the Smoke Fairies and the robot) does really need to be discouraged, I feel – particularly in relation to a charity shop. Anyway, here they are, with their first single, Zorbing –Stornoway. Warning – contains scenes on a roundabout which may induce feelings of dizziness. Do not watch while driving or operating heavy machinery.
What’s odd here for me is watching people who are young enough to be my children looking uncannily like the way I used to look at the same age. So it goes, I suppose.